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Say NO to Winter Dieting

Despite the fact that I not a fan (understatement) of the fact that the definition of the word ‘diet’ has been completely abolished and now just means ‘a fixed, automated, unpleasant eating routine to make you lose weight’

My goal is NOT to get you onto or off of a diet,

but to get you into a diet – as in, according to the definition:

The kinds of food that a person habitually eats.

I want you to burn every association you had with the word ‘diet’ and start completely afresh.

From now on, the word diet will be referring to just whatever you eat, regardless of what it is.. Okay?

It’s now about YOU. Not the latest fad, trend or celebrity diet; Just what you eat.

I want to transform your way of thinking about your diet and start you on what I call a Lifestyle Diet

This is where you refer, not to what you’re doing for the next 5 days or 4 weeks or however long these ‘diets’ tend to last, but to what your body needs at its current status in order to achieve its desired outcome.

No one else is mentioned there. Just you, your body, your goal and your lifestyle.

Everything changes today because we are now going to design, together, me and you, a diet that is for your long term health and enjoyment.

I like to get the negative stuff out the way first and make my way up to the grand supreme end product!

Negatives

So let’s start with what you DON’T want to eat and what methods you DON’T enjoy.

Make a list of the main things, that are reasonably unprocessed, that you don’t like eating and also another list for the methods of eating that you don’t get on with. Here’s my example:

I don’t like fish (goodness knows why, it just doesn’t taste nice to me)

I don’t like cheese (I know, what is wrong with me?)

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I don’t like fasting

I don’t like to eat just before I sleep

I don’t like meals full of carbs

These should be personal to you and you should get a good 4 or 5 on each list.

Positives

Next, we need to look at what good foods you do enjoy eating and what eating methods work well with you – try to pick foods at their raw ingredients as oppose to products. Here I go:

I like red meat

I like dark chocolate

I like mint

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I like lots of meals of different flavours

I like to eat big first thing in the morning

I like having a fat-dominant meal for breakfast

Now all of these are written out, keep them to the side and we’ll go back to them in a bit.

Requirements

This can really be quite a long drawn-out process; fortunately, I have already written up a concise article on getting this absolutely spot on – Your Own Personal Fat Loss Walkthrough

Once you have these laid out and you are fully clear on what nutrients you need in what quantities, we progress onto our next tool

IIFYM

This is an accronym for If It Fits Your Macros and basically is the eating habit that says ‘you can eat what you want, just as long as it matches your nutritional requirements’. We’re going to adopt a bit of this, but keep in mind which are the best ways to reach the nutritional requirements we drew out on the other article.

80:20

This one goes perfectly, hand in hand, with the IIFYM principle. The 80:20 rule is where you eat good, nutritious food 80% of the time and whatever you fancy on the other 20%.

Mix ’em Together

Both of these plans have obvious flaws which a lot of people tend to exploit. But where one is flawed, the other is flawless. So we simply apply both rules and then you can include the foods you shouldn’t eat in a controlled manor, and keep it good and natural on the other 80% of the time.

Now we can include the content we jotted down earlier – what foods and eating habits you do and don’t like.

Let’s start with the eating habits.

There are plenty of done-for-you diets with lots of different eating methods so this is where we need a little experimentation.

You know what you do and don’t like, so you keep to those principles and try out a few meal templates accordingly.

There’s such a variety that I couldn’t possibly provide any guidance on which to choose without knowing you and your goals, so I’m trusting you to get in the zone with that one and get it done yourself – or alternatively, I can do all of this for you in a nutritional analysis.

You should now have most of your diet complete, all you need now is

Some ideas of what foods to eat

This is actually incredibly easy, but most people find it intimidating because it is unfamiliar territory.

Just refer back to the notes you made earlier about the foods you do and don’t like, these can be instantly included or excluded from your list of foods.

The rest has to be filled in with foods that will fit your macros and work well with your current list of foods and their nutritional value. You do need to do a bit of research with this one, and gradually develop a catalogue of foods you like, their nutritional value, and recipes that include them and other foods you have listed down – but don’t look at this as a chore!

This is your opportunity to try new foods, new meals, and nail down exactly what your new diet will be like, catering for everything you love!

The key is variety

With this, it’s easy to become lazy and rely solely on a few meals that are quick and easy – but no!

You’re better than that!

Instead, we will establish what meals are either instant, quick, preppy, or occasional.

Your instant foods are those that you can have……. instantly (obviously)

Quick foods are those that either have to be cooked or made, but take very little time and you can take with you and prepare on the spot (or with a microwave/kettle)

Preppy foods are those that, although they don’t take ages, require utensils or time that you may not have throughout the day – these foods must be prepared in advance! It might have a bad reputation, but tubberware foods don’t have to be dry and bland! Add some herbs, spice, or sauce, or just heat up on the spot and enjoy a well-prepared meal

Occasional foods take a LONG amount of time to make, and should be saved for either special occasions or for when you have a fair bit of time to make them. These generally tend to be the best ones so make sure you allow time for at least one a month to keep your belly smiling!

Once you’ve categorised foods and meals, and created a profile of their nutritional value, you will be well on your way to the lifestyle diet that is great tasting, varied, applicable to your lifestyle and preferences, and is going to get your body to its best shape and performance ever!

Take your time!

This can be quite a long, drawn-out process, so make sure you are in the right mindset and don’t try to get it perfect before you start. You’re going to learn a lot about your body along the way and how you react to certain foods, meal timings and nutritional values, so best you get testing right away and be willing to accept when something isn’t working and you either need to switch it up or get some help.

I’m not just here for the paid stuff

If you would like help, whether you get it from a nutritional analysis, or just a few Q’s and a few A’s, I’m always here to help so please don’t be shy to ask for help – it’s what I do!

Hope you found this useful and that you’re going to share this with all your friends!

I love helping you out, and I equally dislike wasting my time on content that you’re not benefitting from so here are two things I’d like you to do for me:

1. Give me some feedback on whether you liked this post

2. Let me know what you want me to write about next

Thanks and I’ll see you next time!

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